Freedom and Liberty

The Fourth of July, Independence Day is upon us and with it brings barbecues, picnics, fireworks and the joy of spending time with family and friends. It is also good that we have some extra time over the holiday to be grateful for our, “freedom”, and realize the precious cost for our, “liberty”.
As we enjoy our festivities, know that there are military people all around the world protecting our precious freedom so we may enjoy the liberty to have these family gatherings in peace. Many of the founding fathers of this country came to escape religious persecution. One of my ancestors, Captain John Mears, a fighting Quaker, was one of these individuals. He was wounded during the Revolutionary War. It seems that we are still fighting wars on a regular basis. We have lost way too many precious children, husbands and wives over the years because of these constant struggles. But there is also another struggle people face and this is the inner war; this is the war between the spirit and the flesh, many people are suffering needlessly, simply because of a lack of knowledge. I am not speaking of a lack of, “book”, knowledge, for many people have an abundance of, book knowledge, scientific, literary, mathematical knowledge but still fall victim to life because they have no spiritual knowledge. Some individuals as we mentioned in other blog entries simply find anything spiritual as, “foolishness”, to them because they live only according to the senses. That is, a person can just keep responding to life, instead of taking a grasp on the helm via spiritual knowledge, the law of liberty, then controlling their course. Glory to God!
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised. To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
Luke 4:18-19
That is Jesus reading from the book of the prophet Esaias, in Nazareth, where it says, Jesus had been brought up. When Jesus read this in the synagogue he then closed the book saying, “This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.”
Later on in the book of John, Jesus speaks of this spiritual knowledge.
If ye continue in my word, then, are ye my disciple indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man; how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house fore ever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
John 8:31-36

So, if we can continue in the word, which I discussed in previous blog entries, is filled with spiritual power, not just words on a page, then we are free indeed! Glory to God this is powerful knowledge which can literally change your life! Until next time, enjoy your freedom, and be safe!

Born of the Spirit

Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell when  it cometh, and whither it goeth; so is every one that is born of the Spirit. John 3:5-8

Here, Jesus was having a conversation with Nicodemus, described in the book of John as a, “man of the Pharisees,” a “ruler of the Jews”.  In this conversation a little later, Jesus chastised Nicodemus because he had no knowledge of these things.  Jesus said, “Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?” This was astounding to Jesus since Nicodemus was supposed to be teaching the Jews about, spiritual things, the very knowledge of God!

So, what does it mean to be, “born of water and of the Spirit” so that we may enter into the, “kingdom of God.”  I believe the water he is speaking of here is, the water referred to later on in the chapter of John when he is talking to the woman by the well.  Here Jesus is having a conversation with a Samaritan woman, people the Jews did not speak to when he told her this:

If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. John 4:10

He then went on to say later, “Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again; But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4:13-14

This, “living water”, later in scripture is said to be, “the Spirit”, the Holy Ghost, which is the essence of God which is also given as a, “gift” to us.  To receive this gift we must look to spiritual things and allow ourselves to be filled, believing by faith.  This is where we have to realize the difference between information and revelation.  A person can read scripture and hear the, “word” of God without actually discerning what they are actually reading or hearing.  We are made in the image of God and can receive this information spiritually.  We are made with the internal modem, an analogy which may be useful in this age, to receive this information of the Spirit.  Like a computer which can receive, we too can receive.

The apostle Paul talks too about these things to the people of Corinth, who really are no different than we are, trying to understand the things of God!

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard , neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit, for the Spirit searcheth all things, ye, the deep things of God. 1Cor.3:9-10

The rest of the scripture explains that these, “deep things of God”, are only spiritually discerned.  The, “Spirit of God” revealing the deep things of God!

Which things also we speak not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

So, we too must look away from, “the natural”, things of the world to understand the, spiritual things, yes, and receive the Spirit to learn of the, “deep things of God”!   Until the next time, may you all be blessed!

Power-filled Sons of God

If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.  This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

John 15:10-12

Everything Jesus did when he began his ministry was out of love for God and the people.  He came to arm the people with the knowledge of God so they too could minister to one another and overcome life.  He also said this,

“ Verily , verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do: because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name. I will do it.  If ye love me, keep my commandments.  John 14:12-14

So Jesus was definitely trying to get his point across, like a mother who is trying to get a message across to their child, he repeatedly tells us to love one another as the Father loves us.  The scripture goes on, “If a man love me, he will keep my words ; and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. John 14:23  If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. John 15:7

Repeatedly Jesus pounds this message home so that we understand the importance, the absolute magnitude of this principle.  He also, obviously wants us to realize that when attached to the vine, He and God, the absolute power of God is available to us, the believer, flowing through us just like the life force of a vine.  Glory to God this is powerful!  He tells us clearly that when we are loving others, I mean really loving one another, the very power of God is available to us, the believer.  This power he showed throughout his ministry works through faith!  This is where we put the knowledge of God all together.  We love God and one another, we simply love, then incline our ear, that is, listen to the still small voice of God within, then be doers of the word.  Glory to God, this is what Jesus wants us to do!  He was a powerful example of love and always spoke the word with faith!  He wanted us too to be filled with love, acting with faith.  He wanted us to be One with the Father like he was.  God is love and he told us he was One with the Father and prayed that we too would be One with He and the Father!

Neither pray I for these alone, (speaking of the apostles) but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; (us) That they all may be one as thou, Father, art in me and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one; I in them, and thou in me that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me , and hast loved them, as thou hast love me. John 17:20-23

Jesus is telling us that we too have access to the marvelous power of God, direct access, doing as He did!  How powerful is this?  So, we need to arm ourselves with the Word of God which is spiritual power ready to move, love one another and God, then be doers of the word, utilizing God’s marvelous spiritual power as we ask and receive!  We are the literal body of Christ!  We are to realize that we are One with the Father, to have this awareness and believe in faith. For faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.  So let us walk by faith, not by sight realizing we are children of God and then heirs!  Heirs to the promise, the blessing of Abraham, brought by faith!  May you all be filled with love, walking as empowered believers!

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

The heart and the mouth

The Heart and the Mouth

The knowledge of God pt.3

I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings:

Jeremiah 17:10

There is an abundance of scripture about, “the heart and the mouth” in the Bible and it is not to be taken lightly, for it is part of, the knowledge of God which controls your very life.  What you say today and that which is in your heart, the very center of your being, will determine your tomorrows.  The Lord knows your heart, yes, it says, “searches the heart”, so nothing is hidden which shall not be revealed.

I have a horse at home so I know some stuff about horses, how to ride, saddle, all of the basic stuff.  So, the other part of the above scripture about, tries the reins, certainly speaks to me.  When you are riding a horse, you can tell exactly how they feel just by trying the reins.  You can let the reins slack and if they are angry or excited they are ready to bolt off, running like a wild beast, or if they are quiet and content, you can tell that too.  Their entire mood, their feelings from within are immediately known just by trying the reins.  So too, the Lord knows your thoughts, feelings, love or lack thereof, and gives back to us accordingly, reaping the fruit of our, “doings”.

In the book of James, in the Bible, he talks about the mouth like a bit in a horse’s mouth, which guides their entire body, able to make them obey or the rudder of a ship which can direct the path of a giant vessel. There is verse after verse about gaining, understanding and knowledge, learning to control your mouth, getting the word within your heart, a literal treasure trove of scripture on these topics throughout the Bible.  This understanding is, that if you incline your ear, that is, follow God’s way, loving God and each other and get this deep within your being, into your heart, then speak good things, you will be blessed!  Glory to God!

The words of a man’s (or woman’s) mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook. Proverbs 18:4

Another powerful verse which says it all, explaining the importance of words and finding understanding is here.

My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye. Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart. Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman.  Proverbs 7:1-4

These verses, bring great power to the believer and their importance are beyond measure.  Herein is the difference in having a great life, filled with the power of God, an understanding which brings you the most important knowledge you could ever latch onto, or living a life of struggle, wondering why!  When you speak, good or bad is coming out of your heart releasing supernatural power to bring about fruit, either good or bad.  So, control your mouth and only accept goodness, love, into your heart.  This is the knowledge and understanding spoken of in the scriptures but the natural man does not understand these things.  A natural man who only looks at what is seen, who is not filled with the spirit, does not understand.

1 Corinthians 2:14 says it this way, “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him; neither can he know them because they are spiritually discerned.”

But you are filled with the spirit and if not then ask and it will be freely given, but ask in faith.  Live according to the knowledge and understanding which you now are taking in.  Then you will certainly be blessed!  Also, use your words to control your life; know that what you say, ask for, will be done.  For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: 1Peter 3:12  Until next time, be blessed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Word and the Blessing

 

 

The knowledge of God, part 2

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2The same was in the beginning with God.  3All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. John 1-4

This same Word which I am speaking of and John the apostle was speaking of was present at the very beginning of the earth and the bible. This is the same Word which “spoke”, all things into being, created all things.  This is God’s supernatural power in motion, the Word.  This Word is not merely text on a page but actually, “power’, ready to be spoken, put in motion. The scriptures go on to say that this Word was the very essence of the Christ manifested as prophesied.

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,(and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:14

In the same chapter it says this:

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: John1:12

So, why all this scripture about Jesus if this entry is about, the Word and being blessed?  Because the commandments that Jesus told us are the greatest, which all of the law of the prophets rest upon are these.  Love God with all of your heart and love your neighbor as yourself.  Another scripture, the one cited immediately above is not to be read without truly realizing what it says.  This little short verse is packed with power and spiritual blessing for if you receive him, who is the Word, the Christ who became One with God, it says he gives power to become the sons of God!  The above scriptures also point out that Jesus is the Word made flesh.  But why does it say the word was made flesh?  What does this mean, the word became flesh?  It means the very power of God which is, his word, was in Jesus, was the very essence of him and therefore when he spoke, God’s supernatural power was released! Then the scriptures say that as many as received him became sons of God!  Glory to God, this is powerful!  This puts Christ’s power, who is the very essence of the word, God’s supernatural power into you when you receive him.  This is a surrendering of our ego, realizing that it is God, the Christ who is now in us. When we realize this then we know that we have absolutely nothing to fear!  No longer are we at the mercy of the world but are walking with the power of God in us!  This is when we receive also the, “blessing”, which comes from being a child of God, one who is walking not by sight, but by faith as we discussed in the chapter on, Faith and the Unseen, previously.  This blessing is the blessing of Abraham and his seed, his descendants, which also includes those who have been adopted into the family of Abraham by faith.

And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that shall curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Genesis 12:2

This blessing which is bestowed on believers is spoken of in Galatians. This clearly lets us know that we too are blessed!

Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness, Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen (Us) through faith preached before the gospel unto Abraham saying; In thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.  Galatians 3:6-9

Since Abraham was blessed because of his faith, we too become blessed because we have believed and received the Christ.  Then later on in the chapter it clearly states, The just shall live by faith. Gal.3:11.

This is why Jesus came, to get the Jews back on track, to show that it is the faith of Abraham that established the blessing. He not only showed this to the Jewish people but also showed the gentile, people referred to as those not aligned with the Jewish doctrine of laws, that it is our faith which brings the blessings of God.  This should open the eyes of believers to the power of faith, but some churches have not taught that if you have sufficient faith, anything is possible, that the Word is the supernatural power of God, that Jesus is the Word become flesh, so if you have received him, you have the very power of God in you ready to do whatsoever!  Glory to God! This is what gives a believer power and peace; for if you are walking with the power of God in you, then when adversity comes and we are foretold it will come, you will be armed with the Word of God ready to be spoken, that is, released, putting the very power of God into motion! Wow, how awesome is this! The dunamis power, the dynamic power of God ready to move in the unseen creating the seen!  Until next time, love and light to you all!

 

 

 

 

 

The Old Testament and The New

I was going to write about this at a later date but recently there has been some controversy about the importance of the Old Testament and its significance to us as believers.  This conversation was stirred by Andy Stanley’s comments about “unhitching” the Old Testament from the New in a series of sermons entitled, “The Aftermath” at the North Point church.

After listening to this I am certain that his comments were supposed to unite not divide us as believers.  His intentions were noble enough, it is simply that if you have studied the Bible in depth you know that the scriptures support one another. I am certain he knows this, he is a good man who is working hard to expand the kingdom; he was merely trying to get believers to return to the church if they were disturbed by something they read or heard was in the Old Testament.

Jesus came to fulfill the law not to abolish the law but he did so by clarifying that we are justified by faith.  He constantly spoke of, “faith”, being the reason for your healing.  Jesus also referred to, “as it was written”, referring to what is now in the Old Testament.  He came to show us that the same power at work for those of old, Abraham, Moses and the prophets is working as a result of faith for believers now.

Jesus came first to the Jews, preaching the “word” to them as prophesied in the ancient scriptures which is Isaiah of our Old Testament but at the time was recorded on various scrolls.  There were several different sets of writings at the time which were available, The Aramaic targums were probably what Jesus referred to when he was saying, “as it was written”.

The main point of clarity which Jesus brought was that of the importance of faith and love.  He clarified that all of the law of the prophets rest on the two commandments to, love God with all your heart, and to love one another.  If we do this and our actions reflect this, then good fruit will come forth.

Jesus came to set the record straight and get God’s people on the right track.  He came performing miracles with God within him, telling the people that he and the father where One and prayed that we too would become One as He and the Father were One.  With us all One, all things are possible! Love one another!

 

Faith and the Unseen

Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

Hebrews 11:3

One of the most wondrous revelations Jesus brought to the people of the world is that faith changes everything!  He told us time and time again when he was performing miracles that it was the individual’s faith in the power of God which made these miracles possible.  All things are possible with God, Jesus said, but you cannot see God so how do we make this work?  We must act in faith.

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Hebrews 11:6

In these scriptures in Hebrews the writer is showing that faith is the necessary element to walk with God.  So, living by faith is absolutely mandatory to truly say you are a believer.  For it takes more than simply believing that God is real.  James says it this way.

Thou believest that there is one God: thou doest well: the devils also believe , and tremble.

James 2:19

So, a simple belief that God is and that Jesus lived is not sufficient to live an empowered life walking with God. No, we must truly believe, get the Word, down into the very core of our being, the heart, then we will be able to walk in faith and asking whatsoever, in accordance with what is good, lovely and right, it will be done.  This Word that I speak of is not simply the text on a page, a series of letters, but the very living Word, which is spiritual power set into motion.  This is the living water Jesus spoke of which shall flow from within once it is established in your heart.  This is another powerful scriptural concept Jesus explained.  He clearly said when he was explaining the parable of the sower that the seed is the word.  The word has to be established on good ground within you for it to grow, then it will grow like a mighty tree and you will be filled with the word which brings spiritual power.  Glory to God, this is a magnificent truth!  Once this occurs, filled with the word and faith, anything is possible.  This is when people become, “doers of the word”, as spoken of in James.

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.  For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass.  For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.  But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.  James 23-25

This is what a real believer truly needs to be doing, being a doer of the word.   People who walk out of church unchanged, see you next week, kind of attitude are not grasping the spiritual power of the scriptures.  This is the man looking at his image and then forgetting what manner of man he was.  A person who receives the word, spiritual power in their life and then forgets what manner of person they now are, changed by the spiritual power within them is what James is speaking of here.  The word is spiritual power available to you and me, supernatural spiritual power!  Jesus said, greater things will you do because I go to the Father, paraphrased.  We are supposed to be walking in faith, with our ear inclined to God, that is listening to the still small voice of God within us, realizing that God Almighty, The Christ, is in us and we have the power of God available to accomplish His will.  What is His will?  It is what is good and loving, for God is love.  The scriptures say God is love, light and spirit and that God is in and through all things.  That includes us but many people walk according to the senses, that is according to only what the senses can perceive.  This is not living by faith.  Walking carnally, according to only what the senses perceive, is death.  You are already dead if you have no awareness of God and the spiritual realm.  Jesus referred to those as people having eyes that can’t see, and ears which do not hear, spiritually blind and deaf to the word.  So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.  Romans 10:17  There is an unseen realm where faith is substance.

Now FAITH is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Hebrews 11:1

So, once you realize that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him you are ready to move forward in faith and be a doer of the word.  The reward being God’s supernatural power in your life, ready to accomplish all things.  Glory to God, this is powerful!  This is available to you, right now!  This is the law of liberty James spoke of which frees you from the constraints of what appears to be.  What appears to be is according to the immediate senses, but we are working in the spiritual realm which changes everything, we are to walk by faith not by sight.  We must look beyond into the unseen, acting in faith, literally changing what appears to be into new circumstances, our petition to God.  This is the power of God, beautiful, majestic, awesome power!

I will go into the Word of God, which is spiritual power in motion further, soon.  It is important to get the Word of God deep into the core of your being, your heart, as the scriptures refer.  What comes out of your heart creates your life and circumstances.  This is a powerful spiritual truth.  Jesus said, by thy words thou shalt be justified and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. Matthew 28:37 Earlier in that same chapter when he was talking to the Pharisees he stated this mighty truth, “for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things; and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.” This being so, means that what thoughts you have within you will create, will bring forth, what it is you are containing within you.  This is regardless of whether you believe in God or not, it is a spiritual, unseen law.  Of course, when you get God’s word within you, you are thinking on things of God, those which are good and lovely, which will bless others so you see why it blesses you too.  How amazing this is!  Until next time, may you be blessed!